On Monday, Steve Spurrier announced his intentions on remaining at the University of South Carolina, where he has gone 83-45 over the past 10 seasons. Meanwhile, Bo Pelini was shown the door at Nebraska over the weekend after going 67-27 in seven seasons.
Week 13 of Big Ten football brings several critical matchups, some important “yardstick” games, and also Northwestern versus Purdue. We’re heading into the silly season for coaches as, if history is any guide, this will be the penultimate game for at least one Big Ten coaching staff. So this week I’m giving extra attention to coaching, particularly in those situations where one or both coaches look like they’re about to get their gooses cooked.
In Gene Rayburn style, a local radio station asked the following Sunday morning via Facebook:
“Melvin Gordon’s record-breaking 408 yard rushing day is the greatest athletic performance since ________.”
Many answered Aaron Rodgers throwing six touchdowns in the first half six days earlier. Gordon’s historic Saturday remained the greatest event until Rodgers stepped back onto Lambeau Field less than 24 hours later.
Big Ten football last Saturday was all about who was going to win the East. We’re pretty confident who that will be now. But what about the West? Two huge games will sort that out for us — and one is a total surprise. Click onward and let’s get to it.
We all know there’s a pretty huge Big Ten football game this week, so how much of an introduction do we really need to this week’s picks? Wouldn’t it be better to just skip right to the game that’s on everybody’s mind? It absolutely would, so just click on to see my prediction.
Big Ten football fans are in a bit of a funk lately. It’s been years since the conference was a legitimate threat to win a national title. It’s even been a while since the Big Ten has made a good showing of itself in bowl games. Throw in the media’s tendency to dogpile on the conference and you’ve got the makings of some world-class conspiracy theories.
This week’s Big Ten football schedule features two of the longest roads trips possible for conference teams — and the absolute shortest. No doubt some of these teams will be wishing they’d just stayed home. But who? And why? Well, that’s why I wrote the article, so go read it.
At first glance, this week’s collection of Big Ten football games looks uninspiring, without a true marquee matchup. At second and third glance it’s much the same. But burbling just below the surface like the spinach in a pot of minestrone, we find that just about every game is going to reveal something we’ll need to know on the way to Indianapolis. Click on and see what’s going to be sorted out this Saturday.
Week 6 of the 2014 college football season will forever go down as one of the best in history, with chaos reigning supreme and ruling with an iron fist.
I could write something snarky about Michigan, Brady Hoke, and/or Dave Brandon, but I don’t like to do what everyone else does. Besides, we all know there’s a huge game this week, one with potential national playoff implications, so why spend time discussing some school’s problems?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Big Ten plays some pretty important non-conference games in front of millions of eyes, but things don’t quite go according to p-
(The Internet, as one: “Stop! We’ve heard this one!”)
Gladly. You think you’re sick of hearing it? Think how sick I am of writing it.
Boring is OK if it’s not also bad. Bad is okay if it’s not also boring. Boring and bad? That’s a huge problem. Through the first three weeks of this season, the Big Ten hasn’t just been bad, it has also been boring.
I don’t know if you noticed, but the Big Ten lost a few important non-conference games last week. In this week’s Big Ten football picks I’ll be looking at each team, evaluating what’s working and what clearly isn’t. Well, as clearly as anything can be evaluated after just two weeks. To the games!
One of the worst things that can happen to a coach in any level of sports is getting the dreaded “vote of confidence” from his boss. I don’t care if it’s a U-13 girls softball league, you don’t want someone coming out and defending your job publicly, especially not early in the season. Unfortunately for Al Golden, that’s just what happened on Thursday.
Big Ten football didn’t have too many shocks last week. There were only two real surprises, one pleasant (Rutgers’ win over Washington State) and one unpleasant but probably not all that surprising (Northwestern’s loss to Cal, which is the fault of everybody but Pat Fitzgerald, to hear him tell it). What’s in store for week two? Click through and see how I’m calling the games this week.